El Greco is a foremost exemplar of the old Spanish master, ranking high with the greats like Velasquez, Ribera, Cotan and Murillo. His work is a culmination of several strong influences which converged into one of the most striking and easily recognizable styles: flat and icon-like compositions, vibrant with color like Byzantine and Italian masterpieces, illuminated like a Medieval manuscript, Mannerist, expressive and intense - proto-modern lacking neither in substance nor technique.
After Vermeer’s obvious interest in composition and play with realism, El Greco’s focus on color and stylized figures to achieve his effect might serve as an interesting balance. Besides, they are almost contemporaries so it is fascinating to witness creativity play itself out in such dramatically different aesthetics.
To add further piquancy to our discussion, we will also look at Heidegger. Here is a link to the essay: The Origin of the Work of Art
If we realize that it was too crazy to pair these two together, we will follow with a separate Heidegger discussion for March.